DVI to DVI-D

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  1. Andrew Butler

    Andrew Butler New Member

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    Hey Guys,
    This might be a silly question. I've been shopping around for parts to a PC i'm building. And came across a Nividia GeForce 460 Super SuperClocked+ 1GB GDDR5 online. But my question is the card has 1 HDMI output, and 2 DVI Outputs, but all the monitors that I like, have only DVI-D inputs, the old VGA, or HDMI.

    I've looked for other monitors that have DVI instead of DVI-D input but Haven't found any,

    My Question is that, is there a cable included with the monitor, that solves this problem? Some of the websites are not clear about what's included.

    This Is my first PC build, please don't be harsh, any advice is appreciated.

    FYI: (I'm buying this card, so I can have dual monitors, and not have to buy another card) [​IMG]

    Peace,
    Andrew.
     
  2. Saltgrass

    Saltgrass Excellent Member
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    From what I read, you have a choice between DVI-I or DVI-D. DVI-I uses 4 extra pins to carry an analog video source. Most monitors may not have connections for the 4 extra pins, so DVI-D seems to be preferred.

    You can use a DVI-D cable in a DVD-I plug, so yes, the cable included with the monitor will work.
     
  3. Digerati

    Digerati Fantastic Member
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    Your monitors may, or may not come with a cables - most do but I would not worry too much about compatibility. The card's connector will accept both type DVIs. Note that many users still prefer CRT monitors, which are analog. And many users may still be using analog-only LCD monitors. But there is only so much real-estate on the back of a graphics card for so many connectors. To complicate matters, many people, including yours truly, use more than one monitor. So the card connections are often dual-purpose, as determined by what is plugged into it. Typically, an inexpensive D-Sub to DVI adapter is used for analog monitors when no D-Sub connection is available on the card.

    Note that HDMI is the latest and greatest connection standard. Also note that the video data in HDMI and DVI is exactly the same. The primary difference (besides physical size) is HDMI also carries 5.1 audio and HDMI control codes (not used in computers). HDMI emerged out of the home theater world - but the transition has not been perfect because of how audio works in a computer - though a sound card (or integrated sound), and not through a HT receiver. Some graphics cards with HDMI now support audio "throughput" for use with a monitor with internal speakers. But if, like most, you have computer speakers, you don't need audio to your monitor. And in a multi-monitor setup, using the monitor speakers is awkward, at best.
     
  4. Andrew Butler

    Andrew Butler New Member

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    Ok Thank you very much!! Just wanted to make sure :)
     

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